Of the members who are in opposition, most are facing reelection and are afraid. In fact, it is fear and religion that keep most people from “coming out” in support. What is increasing the momentum is that so many are now in favor that the scales are tipping and that those against will appear to be “left behind,” as we say in the jargon of the apocalypse
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) put it this way: “The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all. Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me. If we are endowed by our creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by gays and lesbians?”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on the other hand, has twisted himself into knots on the subject, saying he was against same-sex marriage because marriage had been between a man and a woman for thousands of years. Paul knows he is on the losing side of the argument. He has even conceded that if opponents of same-sex marriage go for “federally mandated one-man-one-woman marriage, we’re going to lose that battle because the country is going the other way right now.”
He has suggested that the issue be left to the states to decide, because if the debate goes on “for another couple of decades,” his side might be able to “win back the hearts and minds of people.”
Interestingly, Paul said in 2010 that he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act, the same one Goldwater voted against, because “it was necessary.”
Goldwater’s experience should be a good lesson for the Rand Pauls of the world — and for fearful Democrats up for reelection, Republicans who have dug in their heels, Supreme Court doubters and especially religious leaders who know in their hearts they are on the wrong side.
They should turn to their Bibles, to Ephesians 5, for guidance:
“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light — for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly, but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”